IWCS As You Know It—Except It's Online

Attend the leading forum for the exchange of information on technical innovations and solutions for the cable and connectivity industry.

The 2021 Cable & Connectivity Symposium will be held virtually—meaning you can participate from the comfort and safety of wherever you choose! This event has been re-imagined into an exciting, robust virtual event to reach attendees from all over the world! IWCS 2021 Virtual is our full-scale symposium with all of the traditional IWCS elements - Technical Sessions, Professional Development Courses, Executive Session, Plenary - including Keynote Speaker, and virtual Supplier Exhibition! As COVID-19 has changed the way we work, educate, and communicate, it is alarmingly clear that telecommunications connectivity is not just essential but critical for the functioning of global society. From telemedicine to commerce to news, awareness, communication, transportation, security, infrastructure, and everything in between, connectivity provides the network that enables modern life to go on.

The Cable & Connectivity Symposium Provides:

  • A highly engaging and influential keynote speaker
  • Latest products and technologies presented in a symposium format
  • Technical Sessions presented via live, interactive webinars
  • Professional Development Courses with tutorials on basic and emerging technologies
  • Supplier Exhibition with the latest developments from industry suppliers
  • An Executive Session with expert advice for your business
  • Networking opportunitites
  • And more!

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2020 Plenary Session

The Plenary Session features a Keynote Presentation by a distinguished business and thought leader in the global cable and connectivity industry. Recognition will be given for the Outstanding Technical Paper and Best Presentation from the previous year’s conference. The session is open to all Technical Symposium registered attendees.

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Michael Beesley, VP/CTO of Cisco Systems, Mass-Scale Infrastructure Group

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2020 Executive Session


The Executive Session presents important information you need in managing your business. Presentations by key industry analysts and market experts will feature vital industry data of the fiber and copper markets, along with the general economic outlook.

A panel of industry experts / CTO’s will provide insightful perspectives and answer your questions on Connectivity Technology Trends and Critical Infrastructure. We are looking forward to a lively discussion.

Professional Development Program


The Professional Development / Training courses constitute an industry-recognized certification program, featuring Core Courses in fiber, copper and materials offered annually. The four Core Courses will provide basic technology information helpful to those new to the industry.

Participants have the opportunity to achieve a certificate of recognition for completing each of the courses. Over time, students completing the four core courses, along with two electives offered during live-event years, will be presented with an IWCS Professional Development achievement plaque.

2020 Course Descriptions

2020 Technical Symposium


The cornerstone of our Conference, the IWCS Technical Symposium is recognized as the premier technical symposium for the cable and connectivity industry. We will present well over 100 new and previously unpublished papers on innovations for cable and connectivity materials, connector/interconnect technologies, cable designs, components, fabrication, performance, testing and applications.

In addition to attending the live presentations, attendees can watch all presentations ON DEMAND through November 27, 2020!

Event Program

2020 Supplier Exhibition


The IWCS 2020 Virtual exhibit Hall Supplier Exhibition will include exhibitors from various levels of the Cable & Connectivity Supply Chain. This will enable you to learn about the wide variety of commercial product technologies and applications.

There will be two dedicated Supplier Exhibition Days with no Technical Session conflicts. The booths can be viewed during the entire conference and through November 27, 2020!

20 New Product Presentations, given during the Supplier Exhibition days, provide an opportunity for Suppliers to report on new commercial product developments.